Packers' Randall Cobb released from hospital after injuring chest

Packers' Randall Cobb released from hospital after injuring chest
Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) makes a one-handed catch against Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel, on Saturday although the play was nullified by a penalty. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)

Receiver Randall Cobb has been released from the hospital after leaving the Green Bay Packers' playoff game Saturday night against the Arizona Cardinals with a chest injury.

The Packers' leading receiver posted on Twitter on Sunday that he was discharged from a Phoenix-area hospital after being held overnight for observation.


Cobb was hurt in the first quarter after stretching out for a diving 51-yard catch to the Arizona 3-yard and landing hard to the turf. The team did not disclose the exact nature of the injury.

"Thank you for all the prayers and support," Cobb wrote.

The Packers lost 26-20 in an overtime thriller after Larry Fitzgerald scored on a 5-yard shovel pass. Green Bay had tied it at the end of regulation on Aaron's Rodgers' 41-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Janis.

"Such a tough way to go out," Cobb wrote.

Saturday TV ratings rise

The Cardinals' overtime playoff win over the Packers is the highest-rated Saturday prime-time divisional game since the NFL instituted the time slot in 2001.

NBC said Sunday that Arizona's wild 26-20 victory averaged an 18.8 rating and 33 share. The 33.7 million viewers were up 9% from last year's Panthers-Seahawks matchup and second only to the 34.2 million for Broncos-Patriots in 2012 for the time slot.

Ratings represent the percentage of homes with televisions tuned to a program, while shares measure the percentage of TVs in use at the time.

Jackson casts more doubt on Manziel's future

The more new Browns coach Hue Jackson talks, the more he seemingly foreshadows the organization severing ties with troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel and addressing its glaring need at the game's most important position in the draft.

In the six radio interviews Jackson did last week, he made it clear he's focused on finding a bona fide franchise quarterback for the Browns. He emphasized those points further in a seventh interview Sunday with Ty Schalter and Jason Cole on SiriusXM's Bleacher Report Radio channel.

"If there is a quarterback there at pick No. 2 or pick No. 32 in this year's draft that we feel is the best option, the best fit for our organization, our football team, then we need to go get him," Jackson said. "I do believe that this team does need a quarterback.

"Whether it was health issues or whatever it was last year, the position didn't play great. Josh McCown played great when he was healthy and did some really good things. But we also know that he's getting up there age-wise 36 years old, but this guy's very competitive and done a great job.

"But I think what we need to do is look to the future and find what we think is going to be the best fit for us and go from there."